First Grantees of New Feminist Tech Fund

In Spring 2024 Numun Fund, a Channel grantee partner and the first feminist tech fund working at several intersections including LGBTQI+ and women’s rights, made public some of the recipients of its first round of grants.  Its “Seed, Grow and Sustain” grant program is the first of its kind.

Pride Month 2024

With the start of Pride Month 2024, several Channel grantee partners launched campaigns and reports commemorating and highlighting Pride. These initiatives uphold and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, activists, and communities around the world.

Feminist Care & Protection

On May 15, 2023, the Urgent Action Sister Funds, a global consortium of feminist funds, released a new report titled “How Can We Ground Ourselves in Care and Dance Our Revolution?” The report emerges out of an accumulation of UAF’s decade-long research on global feminist movements. Its findings represent UAF’s dedication to feminist activism and exemplifies its evolution in supporting research and initiatives upholding feminist care and protection.

Spotlighting Indigenous Technology

On March 19, 2024, Cultural Survival, a Channel grantee, published the first edition of its 48th quarterly magazine titled Indigenizing Emerging Technologies spotlighting the intersection between Indigenous Peoples and technology.  

2024 Feminist Peace Summit

From May 1 until May 3, 2024, Women Cross DMZ and MADRE, two Channel grantee partners, co-hosted the inaugural Feminist Peace Summit at the University of Denver. The event was held in collaboration with Feminist Peace Initiative and the The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative at the Sié Center for International Security and Diplomacy.

New Online Feminist Healing Space Launched

FemFund Poland, a Channel grantee partner, in collaboration with Women’s Fund Armenia and Women’s Fund in Georgia, have launched Feminist Healing Space, an online space focused on collective healing, healing justice, and feminist values. With the support of Fenomenal Funds, a feminist funder collaborative, the space serves “as a library for a collection of diverse healing resources.”

Global Press Scales Up New Certificate Program

In April 2024, Global Press, a Channel grantee partner, launched its first-ever Certificate in Narrative Change Techniques program. 110 women and non-binary participants from across Africa were selected to learn about the “five unique approaches to narrative change” pioneered by Global Press.

Feminist Activism Without Fear

Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism (UAF), a Channel grantee since 2006, has launched a new campaign called,  Feminist Activism Without Fear: Facing Risks with Collective Power and Care. This new initiative “not only amplifies the voices of feminist activists facing reprisals but also serves as a vital resource for funders and policymakers” who seek to better support feminist activist.

New Report Highlights The State of Funding

On April 2, 2024, Global Greengrants, a previous Channel grantee, released a new report titled “A Holistic Approach to Funding Women Environmental Defenders”. The report highlights the state of funding at the intersection of women, the environment, and gender-based violence and provides recommendations for a holistic approach to funding women environmental defenders (WEDs). 

Analyzing Funding to Indigenous Women

In March 2024, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) and International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), two Channel grantee partners, released a new report titled “Leaders and Stewards: Global Analysis of Funding to Indigenous Women”. The report seeks to “assess the progress, funding status, and challenges in funding for Indigenous Women’s Organizations.”

Countering Anti-Gender Backlash

On March 1, 2024, Lisa VeneKlasen released a working paper titled “Anti-Gender Backlash: Where is Philanthropy?”. Produced in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the paper is part of Countering Backlash, Reclaiming Gender Justice, a 5-year global research project based at the Institute for Development Studies.

2024 Korea Peace Advocacy Week Announced

Women Cross DMZ has announced the 2024 Korea Peace Advocacy Week to be held from March 18 until the March 22nd. The virtual event will be the 9th annual Korea Peace Advocacy Week and is organized in collaboration with the American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, and the United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society.

Global Impact of the Dobbs Decision

On January 22, 2024, Fós Feminista released a new report titled “The Global Impact of the Dobbs Decision on Abortion Laws, Policies, Legislation, Narratives, and Movements: Findings from Colombia, India, Kenya, and Nigeria” which contends that the Dobbs Decision has already had severe repercussions on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice (SRHRJ) movements across the globe.

Reproductive Advocacy Success in Poland

FEDERA, a Poland-based partner of Channel’s through Fòs Feminista, made significant progress in 2023 in addressing barriers to reproductive healthcare in Poland for both Polish citizens and Ukrainian refugees.

New Fossil Fuel Treaty

During COP28, Colombia alongside Palau, Samoa, and Nauro signed on to the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, a global and multi-faceted approach to building international pressure for a transition towards clean energy, bringing the total number of countries signed on up to 12. This comes after Antigua and Barbuda and Timor-Leste joined on to the treaty during Climate Week 2023.

Global Coalition Accepts UN Human Rights Prize

The Global Coalition of Civil Society, Indigenous Peoples, Social Movements, and Local Communities for the Universal Recognition of the Right to a Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment, a group with several connections to Channel grantees, accepted the 2023 UN Human Rights Prize on December 10, 2023.

Report Released on Marginalized and Displaced Women

Women’s Regional Network (WRN), a longtime Channel grantee partner, has released three new reports. For over the past decade, WRN has been conducting “feminist qualitative participatory research” called “Community Conversations”. This research focuses on marginalized women in conflict zones, particularly in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. The three reports document the voices of marginalized women, minorities, and human rights defenders in each of these countries.

WEI Founder Honored With Human Rights Award

Stephanie Ortoleva, an international human rights lawyer and founder of Women Enabled International (WEI), a longtime Channel grantee partner, was honored with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) 2023 Perdita Huston Human Rights Award.

New Report Highlights Abortion Rights and WHRDs

On November 24, 2023, Amnesty International published a new report, titled “An Unstoppable Movement: A Global Call to Recognize and Protect Those Who Defend the Right to Abortion” which highlighted women’s human rights defenders (WHRDs) and emphasized the need for “an end to the stigmatization of abortion rights defenders”, a mission that Channel has long supported.

Special Report Highlights Femicide

Global Press, a longtime Channel grantee partner, released a special report on gender violence in Latin America and the Caribbean on November 25, 2023, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The five-part report includes an overview of femicide in Latin America over the past 15 years, four stories about femicide in Argentina, Haiti, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, and a gender violence map.

Feminist Activists Take on COP28

The 2023 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP28) is being held in Dubai from November 30th to December 12th. Several current and past Channel grantee partners, among others, are preparing for the conference.

FRIDA Spotlights New Grantee Cohort with Zine

FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund, a long-time Channel grantee partner, announced their newest cohort of grantee partners on November 6, 2023. This new cohort consists of 98 grantee partners from 57 countries and 6 regions. The “Taking Flight” Zine, produced by FRIDA, highlights these new grantee partners and their work.

Report Released on Supporting Women Environmental Defenders

Global Greengrants Fund, a former Channel grantee partner, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) and Strengthening Accountability in the Global Economy (SAGE) Fund released a new report on Oct. 24, 2023 called “Women on the Frontlines of Extractivism: How funders can support women environmental defenders”.

NYT Features CREA’s Work on Disability and Sexuality

CREA, a long-time Channel grantee partner, in partnership with T Brand Studio, the content studio of the New York Times, has published “Disability, Sexuality and Consent: How Activists are Reshaping the Narrative”, an article featuring seven disabled activists and their experiences working to advocate for disability, sexuality and consent.

Global Press CEO Releases New Book

On September 19, 2023, Cristi Hegranes, President and CEO of Global Press, a long time Channel grantee partner, released her new book Byline, a “call to action for journalists, publishers, funders and news readers alike.”

Responding to Earthquake in Morocco

In response to the Friday, Sept 8, 2023 earthquake in Morocco, several Channel grantee partners have created campaigns to gather funds for locally-led efforts and affected communities. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Marrakesh, a city in central Morocco, and its surrounding areas, resulting in more than 2,800 deaths, thousands injured, and widespread devastation in the country.

Mexico Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion

In a major victory for reproductive rights, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled to decriminalize abortion on the federal level on September 6, 2023.

VidaAfrolatina Announces New Cohort of Grantees

On September 4, 2023, VidaAfrolatina, a Channel grantee partner, began announcing the members of their second cohort of grantees through a week-long social media campaign. The new cohort consists of 17 organizations “doing transformative work to cultivate the healing of Black women and girls in Latin America” and end sexual violence in their communities.

AIL Announces New Educational Project

Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL), a long-time Channel grantee partner, has partnered with TV Meraj, a private project of the Sakena Fund, to produce Meraj Academy.

UN Human Rights Prize Awarded to DRC Activist

On July 20, 2023, the United Nations General Assembly announced the five winners of the 2023 UN Human Rights Prize. Julienne Lusenge, president of Women’s Solidarity for Inclusive Peace and Development (SOFEPADI), was one of five awarded the Prize.

Report from UN Women and UNDP Assesses Global Women’s Rights

On July 18, 2023, the United Nations Development Program and UN Women released a new report assessing the state of women’s rights around the globe, with particular regards to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

FDA Approves First OTC Birth Control Pill

On July 13, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Opill, a progestin-only birth control pill (POP), for over-the-counter (OTC) use. This news, coming after nearly two decades of advocacy and research by the Free the Pill coalition, means the United States will join over 100 countries where OTC birth control pills are available. 

FLD Honors 2023 Human Rights Defenders

Front Line Defenders, a Channel grantee partner, announced the five winners of the 2023 Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk on May 23, 2023 at a ceremony in Dublin (see video below).

WEI Announces Feminist Accessibility Protocol

Women Enabled International, a Channel grantee partner dedicated to fighting for the rights of women with disabilities, released a new Feminist Accessibility Protocol on April 26, 2023 along with the Inclusive Generation Equality Collective (IGEC). The Protocol is a “groundbreaking set of 13 commitments setting the standard for disability accessibility in feminist and gender equality spaces.”

IFIP Launches Report on Indigenous Funding Trends

On April 20, 2023, the International Founders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), a Channel grantee partner, held a launch event at the Ford Foundation for their upcoming report, “Global Funding Trend Analysis on Indigenous Peoples Philanthropy.” The report, developed by IFIP and Archipel Research and Consulting, is a “global analysis of the state of funding to Indigenous Peoples between 2016 and 2019.” The report found that only 0.6% of funding went directly to Indigenous Peoples organizations.

Report Outlines U.S. Demand for International Journalism

On March 7, 2023, Global Press, a long-time Channel partner, published a groundbreaking report in partnership with Media Impact Funders entitled Unlocking U.S. Audience Demand for International News which describes U.S. audience demand for international journalism and provides recommendations for funders who care about supporting public interest media around the world.

Disability Inclusion Short Film Wins Award

Jenny Chinchilla, an alumna of Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA) Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), a program Channel has long supported, has released a new film promoting “a multi-cultural approach to strengthen inclusion in disaster risk reduction.”

International Advocacy to Protect Women & Girls in Haiti

On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a public hearing on the widespread sexual violence directed against women and girls in Haiti in response to  joint request by many advocacy groups working in Haiti including longtime Channel partners, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux/Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (BAI/IJDH).

Providing Support to Turkey & Syria Earthquake Relief Efforts

On Feb. 6, 2023, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck parts of Turkey and Syria.  As per a CNN live report from a week later, more than 36,000 people were killed and tens of thousands injured by the massive earthquake.

Channel Partner Leaders Address Protests in Iran

Several prominent voices in the press addressing the protests in Iran that began in September 2022 after the death of Mahsa Amini while in police custody have been long-time Channel partners including Mahnaz Afkhami, Founder of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), and Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE, Founder and CEO of International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN).

Women Cross DMZ Leader Awarded the 2022 Peace Summit Medal

Christine Ahn, Founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a long-time Channel partner, received the 2022 Peace Summit Medal for Social Activism, which is awarded every year during the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to a human rights activist in recognition of the positive impact of social activism generated in communities throughout the world.  

Ukrainian Women’s Fund Director Receives Award from Hillary Rodham Clinton

On Dec. 5, 2022, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the 2022 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards at Georgetown University to five women doing extraordinary work to address sexual violence in conflict zones and encourage women’s meaningful participation in recovery and peace processes. 

Channel Grantees Support Women Impacted by War in Ukraine

Several Channel grantee partners are addressing the impacts of the war in Ukraine on women, in particular by providing support in the areas of reproductive health and gender-based violence. 

FemFund Publishes Report on Feminism in Poland 

FemFund, the Polish women’s fund and a new Channel grantee as of early 2022, released a report on the current state of feminist organizing in Poland The Feminist Fund Report: Where There Is Oppression, There Is Resistance! in November 2022.

CEDAW Committee Adopts General Recommendation on Indigenous Women and Girls

On October 26, 2022, the Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Again Women (or CEDAW) adopted a General Recommendation (39) on Indigenous Women and Girls.

4W Initiative Honors Two Women with UNESCO Chair Award

The 4W Initiative of University of Wisconsin – Madison recognized and honored two leaders, Jensine Larsen and Bendettah Muthina Thomas, with the UNESCO Chair Award – Promoting Gender Equity, Wellbeing and a Culture of Peace, at an event on October 14, 2022.

WRN Convenes Afghan/Canadian Women’s Symposium 

In light of the ongoing humanitarian and human rights crises Afghan women face, the Women’s Regional Network (WRN) recently convened The Afghan/Canadian Women’s Symposium: Building a Better Future Together, Sept. 26 and 27, 2022, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Mina’s List Urged Passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act 

Channel grantee partner Mina’s List has posted a call with information about the Afghan Adjustment Act, a bipartisan bill that, if passed by Congress, would create a path to permanent legal status for Afghans evacuated to the United States.

WECAN Exposes Gender and Racial Impacts of Fossil Fuels

On September 22, 2022, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN), a Channel grantee partner, released the second edition of their report, The Gendered and Racial Impacts of the Fossil Fuel Industry in North America and Complicit Financial Institutions.

Global Press Training Manager Wins News Award

The Online News Association (ONA) announced on September 15, 2022, that Manori Wijesekera of Global Press is the winner of the 2022 ONA Community Award.  Global Press has been a Channel grantee partner since 2010. 

Mongolian Women’s Fund Influences CEDAW Process

Representatives of the Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES), a Channel grantee partner since 2007, participated in the 82nd CEDAW Session (June 13, 2022 – July 1, 2022) in Geneva, Switzerland and helped ensure that the concerns of women from Mongolian civil society were included in the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations to the official government delegation of Mongolia.  

Global Press Received Award for Women’s Rights Reporting

One World Media recognized longtime Channel grantee partner Global Press with a One World Media Award at an event on June 16, 2022. The awards celebrate “the media’s best coverage of the global south, spotlighting underreported stories that break stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people across cultures.” 

CEDAW Committee Preparing General Recommendation on Indigenous Women

Indigenous women’s groups and their allies including several Channel grantee partners (the International Indigenous Women’s Forum or FIMI, JASS, and WHRI) have been waging an advocacy campaign for several years for a General Recommendation (GR) on Indigenous women and girls.

FLD Honors 2022 Human Rights Defenders at Risk Awardees

As part of their 2022 Human Rights Defenders at Risk Awards, Channel partner Front Line Defenders (FLD) recognized awardees from Afghanistan, Mexico, Sudan and Zimbabwe working on human rights issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace, forced and child marriage, forced disappearances, and Indigenous rights.

Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Indigenous Land Defenders from Ecuador

On May 25, 2022, the Goldman Environmental Prize honored Alex Lucitante and Alexandra Narvaez, grantees of Channel partners Global Greengrants and Cultural Survival.

“Between Fresh Water and the Tides” Celebrates 10+ Years of Feminist Holistic Protection

On May 19, 2022, the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (known as IM-Defensoras) released a book, “Between Fresh Water and the Tides” – the first of several publications to share what they have learned from their work over the past decade, especially in relation to Feminist Holistic Protection (FHP).  

GP’s Duty of Care Program Wins World Changing Ideas Award

On May 3, 2022, Channel partner Global Press (GP) was recognized as part of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards. More specifically, GP’s Duty of Care program was honored. 

ICAN Contributes to “Race, Power, and Peacebuilding” Report

On April 26, 2022, Peace Direct published a report, “Race, Power, and Peacebuilding” in collaboration with Channel grantee partner the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) as well as the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY).

WLP’s Partner in Morocco Fights for Women’s Equal Land Rights

Since 2007, Channel partner the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) has been working on collective land issues with L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) and the Soulaliyates, rural tribal women in Morocco. Over the years, this collaboration has resulted in advocacy campaigns, communications workshops, provincial and national land reforms, and more.  

The Guardian Highlights IJDH’s Work Combating Rape

In April 2022, The Guardian highlighted Channel partner the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) in an article on their work to win justice for women and girls who have been raped and experienced other forms of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Brazilian Groups Respond to Pandemic with Solidarity and Resistance

Channel partner ELAS+, the Brazilian women’s fund, hosted a livestream on March 23, 2022 where they launched a unique and vital research report, “Activism and Pandemic in Brazil.”

DAWN Investigates Feminist Challenges in a Digital World

In March 2022, Channel partner DAWN released the year’s first “DAWN Informs,” a periodical publication highlighting the organization’s latest analyses, critiques, and commentaries. This edition was titled “Feminist Challenges in a Digital World.”

Solidarity with Ukraine

To stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, particularly the women being forced to flee and activists taking on the role of humanitarian responders, consider supporting some of Channel’s longtime partners who are set up to get funds directly to grassroots groups on the ground and are actively engaging in advocacy around ending this war. 

OutRight Highlights LBQ Women’s Activism

Channel partner OutRight Action International launched LBQ Connect, a global feminist program aimed at lifting up supporting, and highlighting lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) activism around the world. 

IJDH Responds to Haiti’s UN Human Rights Council Review

On January 31, 2022, the United Nations Human Rights Council held Haiti’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as an evaluation of the country’s human rights compliance. The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), long-time Channel grantee partner, responded to this UPR in a couple webinars.

FLD Details Threats to WHRDs Including Pegasus Attacks

In January 2022, Channel partner Front Line Defenders (FLD) released a report featuring accounts from women human rights defenders (WHRDs) on the impact of ongoing Pegasus spyware attacks.

OutRight Releases Reports on Iraq and Afghanistan

In January 2022, Channel partner OutRight Action International, along with Human Rights Watch, published a report on increased threats to LGBT people in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. In February 2022, OutRight partnered with the group IraQueer to release a similar report on the lives of queer women in Iraq.

Colombia Decriminalizes Abortion

On February 21, 2022, the Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled to expand the rights of women and girls to obtain safe, legal abortions. This ruling represents a clumination of over 15 years of work by Channel partner Women’s Link Worldwide and local partners in the region. 

Disability Justice Project Lifts Up Voices of Persons with Disabilities

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) launched the Disability Justice Project (DJP) on February 7, 2022 in partnership with journalism educator and human rights filmmaker Judy Santos and other nationally recognized media makers.

Indigenous Women in Guatemala Win Landmark Sexual Assault Case

On January 24, 2022, Guatemala’s highest court convicted five men for the rape of 36 Indigenous Maya Achi women during the height of the country’s civil war in the 1980s. This landmark victory comes as a result of mobilizing by the women affected with the support of Channel partner the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR.

Cultural Survival Celebrates Court Win for Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala

On December 17, 2021, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that Guatemala was in violation of the rights to freedom of expression of Indigenous peoples. Channel partner Cultural Survival held a press conference to clarify the importance of this ruling and celebrate.

MONES Advocacy Leads to Change in Mongolian Labor Law

On June 24, 2021, Article 7, which prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace (SHW), was approved without any revisions by the Mongolian Parliament as part of a revised version of the country’s Labor Law, marking a major win for long time Channel grantee partner the Mongolian Women’s Fund (or MONES).

Channel Grantees Collaborate on Disability Inclusion

Recognizing a need to be more inclusive of women with disabilities, Channel partner World Pulse invited fellow grantees Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and Women Enabled International (WEI) to engage with them through an initiative aimed at inclusive excellence starting in 2020.  

Channel Partners Propose “Fund Us Like You Want Us to Win”

In December 2021, Channel partners Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), along with the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Kvinna till Kvinna, and MADRE, prepared “Fund Us Like You Want Us to Win,” a background paper highlighting the structural challenges to feminist and impactful financing for peacebuilding.

FRIDA Reflects in “What the Water Brings” Report

In late 2021, Channel partner FRIDA Young Feminist Fund published a holistic reflection on their work in climate and environmental justice over the past three years in a report, “What the Water Brings.”

Global Press Article Contributes to Ban on Virginity Testing in Mongolia

In a June 2021 article for Channel partner Global Press Institute, reporter Khorloo Khukhnokhoi brought attention to the practice of virginity testing on teenage girls in Mongolian schools. In November 2021, Mongolia’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education issued a joint regulation making the practice punishable.

DRC Activist Awarded Humanitarian Prize

Julienne Lusenge, the founder of multiple organizations working to combat sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was awarded the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity on Oct. 9, 2021.

Legal Empowerment Fund to Tackle Global Justice Gap

The Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) recently announced the Legal Empowerment Fund, a bold new initiative with the aim of closing the global justice gap.

Standing in Solidarity and Getting Support to Women & Girls in Afghanistan

If you wish to show #SolidaritywithAfghanWomen and to #StandwithAfghanWomen, consider getting direct support to them as well as signing on to various advocacy efforts pushing to ensure a swift passage to safety for them.

DAWN Launches Feminists for a People’s Vaccine Campaign

Channel partner Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) recently partnered with Third World Network (TWN) to launch the Feminists for a People’s Vaccine campaign, which challanges major inequalities in access to medicines.

Bonnie Jenkins, WCAPS Founder, Confirmed as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs

On July 21, 2021, the US Senate confirmed Bonnie Jenkins, Founder and former Executive Director of Channel grantee partner Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

President Biden Appoints OutRight’s Jessica Stern as Special Envoy for International LGBTQI Rights

On June 25, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his appointment of Jessica Stern, the Executive Director of Channel grantee partner OutRight Action International (OutRight), to be the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons at the Department of State.

“Time To Decolonize Aid”: WCAPS Contributes to New Report

A powerful report, “Time to Decolonize Aid,” which calls on international aid organizations to decolonize aid and tackle structural racism head-on was published on May 10, 2021.

Young Feminist Groups Weathering the Storm of COVID-19

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Channel partner Purposeful and others set up the Global Resilience Fund to provide resources to young women and girl groups organizing in response. A year later, Purposeful released a report highlighting the voices and perspectives of these feminist activists.

World Pulse Publishes Visionary #SheTransformsTech Report

World Pulse, a long-time Channel grantee partner, published an in-depth collection of data-driven insights, personal narratives, and visionary solutions in the #SheTransformsTech report (April 2021).

Merging Women’s Rights and Disability Rights Movements

Channel grantee partner Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and MADRE released a Practice Note in March 2021 which traces their efforts on merging women’s rights and disability rights movements through an innovative two-year partnership.

Vida Afrolatina Announces Inaugural Black and Afro-Descendant Led Grantees

On March 8, International Women’s Day, 2021, Vida Afrolatina, Channel Foundation’s newest grantee partner, announced the first four grantees of their pilot grant cycle.

Channel Partners Help Secure Legal Abortion in Argentina

On Dec 30, 2020, Argentina legalized free and safe abortion in a landmark win for reproductive justice activists including Channel grantee partners inroads, RESURJ, and FRIDA. Former Channel grantee partner Ipas was also involved in the effort. 

New Report Out on a Peace-First Approach to Resolving the Korean Crisis

A February 2021 report released by Korea Peace Now! — a global coalition of women’s peace organizations — and co-written by Christine Ahn, co-founder of Channel grantee partner Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ), explores how a peace-first approach can resolve the security crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Channel Partners Collaborate to Redefine the Risk Approach

In January 2021, Protection International published “Redefining the Risk Approach” in collaboration with Channel partners Women Link Worldwide, Front Line Defenders, and the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (known as IM-Defensoras).

Leading from the South Initiative Receives 5 More Years of Funding from Dutch Government

The Leading from the South (LFS) initiative, developed by Channel grantee partner the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) and the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Fondo Mujeres del Sur (FMS) and Women’s Fund Asia (WFA), has received five additional years of funding from the Dutch government.

WCDMZ’s Christine Ahn Announced Winner of 2020 US Peace Prize

The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation unanimously voted to award the 2020 US Peace Prize to Channel grantee partner Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ) Co-Founder, Christine Ahn, for her “bold activism to end the Korean War, heal its wounds, and promote women’s roles in building peace.”

Feminist Peace Initiative Calls for Movement-Driven US Foreign Policy Framework

Channel grantee partner, Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ), announced a Feminist Peace Initiative in partnership with Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and MADRE. The Initiative dramatically reimagines US foreign policy by building on intersectional feminist principles.

World Pulse Member Receives Prestigious Holman Prize

Tiffany Brar, a member and vocal contributor to Channel grantee partner World Pulse’s online digital community, received the prestigious Holman Prize in 2020.  Brar is the first Indian to receive the award.

Sur Journal Celebrates Human Rights Defenders

Channel partner Conectas launched the 30th issue of its Sur International Journal of Human Rights in August 2020. The objective of Sur 30 is to look at human rights defenders from a different perspective – to celebrate defenders’ victories (and not the challenges they face) by focusing on the paths they have taken.

Front Line Defenders Launches Monthly Digital Comic ‘Zine

In July 2020, Channel grantee partner Front Line Defenders (FLD) launched Cypher (@cypher_comics on Instagram), a digital comics magazine that advances the organization’s storytelling and narrative framing work in collaboration with and in support of human rights defenders (HRDs).

Report Details the State of LBQ Movements

Channel grantee partner Mama Cash and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice launched a report on June 23, 2020 which showcases LBQ activists’ work and their current lack of resources, making a powerful case for why greater and more effective funding is needed.

Feminist Foreign Policy in the US Initiative Launched

On May 21, 2020, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) launched a report alongside more than 50 leading humanitarian, foreign policy, and women’s rights groups including Channel grantee partners Global Fund for Women (GFW), the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), and Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism (UAF), formerly known as Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights.

Cultural Survival Responds to COVID-19 in Indigenous Communities

On June 18, 2020, Channel grantee partner Cultural Survival launched a mapping project (see map below) to document and disseminate data that illustrates the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples and communities as part their broader effort to respond to the growing crisis with a holistic, multi-layered approach.

OutRight Launches COVID-19 Response

Channel new grantee OutRight Action International is responding quickly to COVID-19 and has launched a new emergency fund and a new report on the particular vulnerabilities of LGBTIQ people during the coronavirus crisis.

GFW Fundamental Documentary Series Available for Streaming

Channel’s longest term grantee partner, Global Fund for Women (GFW) and two-time academy award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy partnered to create Fundamental–-a documentary film series about feminist grassroots movements and community leaders across the world.

Mary Lawlor Appointed UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs

On March 12th, 2020, Mary Lawlor, the founder of long-time Channel grantee partner Front Line Defenders (FLD), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

Our Rights, Our Safety Toolkit for Defenders Launched

Channel grantee Just Associates (JASS) launched a new 5-module toolkit for women activists and defenders everywhere: Our Rights, Our Safety: Resources for Women Human Rights Defenders. 

Communications Revolution in Human Rights

Channel grantee partner, the Fund for Global Human Rights, in collaboration with JustLabs, published a new learning paper on narrative strategies for human rights funders, activists and civil society.

Abortion Decriminalized in Oaxaca

On September 25th, 2019, abortion was decriminalized in the state of Oaxaca. Channel grantee partner, Consorcio Oaxaca, played a key role in the process.

WLW’s Historic Win In Colombia

In a groundbreaking case, Channel grantee partner, Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW), successfully advocated on behalf of their client Helena* in Colombia. During the armed conflict in Colombia, the FARC guerrilla group recruited 14-year-old Helena and forced her to use contraceptives and have an abortion in inhumane conditions.

AWID Releases “Toward A Feminist Funding Ecosystem”

Channel grantee partner, Association For Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), published their new report, “Toward A Feminist Funding Ecosystem.” The report explores what it would take to create a world where feminist movements were abundantly resourced.

WRC Receives Disability Inclusion Award

On June 12th, 2019, Channel grantee partner, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) received InterAction’s 2019 Disability Inclusion Award. Founded in 1984, InterAction is the largest alliance of international NGOs and partners in the United States.

Women with Disabilities Transforming Movements Report

On June 25th, 2019 Disability Rights Fund (DRF) released their “1 in 5” report which features women with disabilities sharing the impact DRF’s funding has had on them.

ILO Convention on Ending GBV in World of Work Adopted

On June 21, 2019 in Geneva, the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a landmark international agreement banning gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace.

First Ever Global Study on Mental Health and Well-Being of Advocates Released

Channel grantee partners FRIDA and AWID, as well as The Defensoras, are three of five case studies featured in From a “Culture of Unwellness” to Sustainable Advocacy: Organizational Responses to Mental Health Risks in the Human Rights Field.

Women, Peace and Security 2019 Report Released

In June 2019, Channel grantee partner World Pulse released a report on Women, Peace and Security. The report is a culmination of crowdsourced stories, experiences, and expertise of women across the world that are democratizing peacebuilding and security efforts.

Astraea Launches Top Ten Feminist Funding Principles

On May 17th, 2019 Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced the release of their top ten Feminist Funding Principles. The principles share what Astraea has learned over the last four decades about what it takes to support activists on the front lines to make enduring social change.

Equality Fund Created to Mobilize Unprecedented Funds

On June 2nd, 2019 the Canadian government announced a $300 million multi-year award partnership with The Equality Fund.

Women’s Funding Landscape Study Released

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released Women’s Foundations and Funds: a Landscape Study on May 14th, 2019 with updated data and expanded scope looking at the world of women’s philanthropy.

Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War Campaign

On March 14th, 2019, Channel grantee partners Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ) and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) officially launched the Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War campaign to end the war on the Korean Peninsula.

FIMI’s Joan Carling Receives Champions of the Earth Award

On September 26, 2018, Joan Carling, a member of the Board of Channel grantee the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (or FIMI), has been awarded the prestigious Champions of the Earth Award for her lifetime achievements defending the environment and indigenous rights.

India Decriminalizes Homosexuality

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India made the ground breaking decision to decriminalize homosexuality after a 24-year struggle by activists. Channel partner CREA played a key role in this struggle as a founding member of Voices Against 377, a coalition of human rights, women’s rights, queer rights, and child rights groups based in Delhi.

Online Collective Security Resource Created

In wake of worsening violence against human rights defenders, Channel grantee partners Just Associates (JASS) and the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) collaborated to create a “Power and Protection” multimedia resource page that provides insights from dialogues with activists, NGOs and donors from around the world.

Radical Hope Fund Award

Channel grantee partners Women Cross DMZ and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, in collaboration with Nobel Women’s Initiative were chosen out of 1,000 applications by the NoVo Foundation to receive funding from their Radical Hope Fund in 2018.

“Our Voices, Our Environment” Call to Action

In March 2018 the Global Greengrants Fund published the first ever benchmarking report looking at philanthropic funding in support of women and the environment.

Pioneering Toolkit for Women with Disabilities

On March 14, 2018 as a part of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Channel grantee Women Enabled International (WEI) officially launched their accountABILITY Toolkit.

Mobile App Connects Women Around the World

Just in time for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018, Channel grantee partner World Pulse released their first mobile app along with a newly redesigned website.

Spotlight on Two Activist Founders

Women in Foreign Policy recently spotlighted two remarkable founders of Channel grantee partners in their online series on women with disabilities working in a variety of international fields.

‘Reclaiming Civic Space’ New Edition of Sur

On January 16th, 2018, Channel grantees Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) and Conectas Human Rights launched the 26th edition of Sur-International Journal on Human Rights.

Young Feminist Resource Mobilization Toolkit Published

“What could take the impact of young feminist organizing to a whole new level?” FRIDA’s answer is: Money, AND the skills to mobilize it.

Asia Pacific Fund for WHRDs Launched

Over one hundred women’s human rights advocates and donors gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka Oct. 24, 2017 to celebrate the launch of Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia & Pacific (UAF-AP), the newest sister fund

Chile Votes to Lift Total Abortion Ban

On August 21, 2017 Chile’s Constitutional Court voted in favor of lifting the total ban on abortion in the country.  With this shift, Chile will no longer be considered one of the most restrictive countries

Ending ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ Laws

Within weeks of each other in the summer of 2017, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia all closed legal loopholes allowing rapists to escape criminal convictions by marrying the survivor. It’s a huge victory for feminists in the region

Video Captures WILD Panama in Action

In March 2017 Mobility International USA (MIUSA) united 20 women with disabilities from 10 regions of Panama

Women Out Front: Indigenous Community Radio Workshop

Cultural Survival Quarterly profiles a March 2017 professional capacity building workshop they organized for indigenous women community radio broadcasters in Central America

We Rise Movement Toolkit Launched

Channel grantee partner JASS/Just Associates has launched a new online learning platform, We Rise: Movement Building Reimagined!

Supporting Inclusive Movements: Funding the Rights of Women with Disabilities

Leading advocates and women’s rights donors agree that much more can and needs to be done to include women with disabilities

New Report Documents Human Rights Abuses for Women in Artisanal Mining in DRC 

Channel grantee partner the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) launched a report on Oct. 20, 2016, 

Report Launched on the Status of Funding for Indigenous Women’s Groups

Three Channel partners – the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) –

GNWP Receives Livia Foundation 2016 Award of Honor 

The Denmark-based LIVIA Foundation granted Channel grantee partner the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) one of its three Awards in 2016.

Advocate Stephanie Ortoleva Named a Leader of the 21st Century

On May 2, 2016, President and Founder of Channel partner Women Enabled International,

First Ever Global Women’s Disability Rights Advocacy Report Released

On March 8, 2016, International Women’s Day, Channel grantee partner Women Enabled International,

Indigenous Women Help Lead Launch of Central America Radio Network

Indigenous women community radio journalists from several Central American countries

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Wins 2015 WISE Prize for Education

In November 2015 Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder of Channel grantee partner, the Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL), won the 2015 WISE Prize for Education,

The Better Peace Tool Launches 

In October 2015 Channel grantee partner the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) launched their Better Peace Tool,

Launch of Global Study on 1325 Implementation

In October 2015, a new independent Global Study on the Implementation of United National Security Council Resolution 1325, “Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace: The Future of Women, Peace, and Security,” was launched at the United Nations.

Women Enabled International Launches First Mapping Project

In August 2015, Channel grantee partner Women Enabled international (WEI) launched a survey to help create a first-ever map and report of the field of advocates